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Ben Walsh

Your 401(k) Will Be Fine Even Though Stocks Just Tanked

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business

Markets do their thing –- go up and down -– and you do yours –- use tax incentives to save the best you can.

Will CNBC Market Negativity Again Bail Out Short Hedge Funds?

Terry Connelly | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Any TV news organization would rather cover a train wreck than an on-time arrival at the station. But CNBC's constant denigration of the equity market begs a question: why on earth would the cable network do their level best day in and day out to scare viewers out of the markets that they covers?

Newspapers' Going-Public Problem

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 09.15.2014 | Media
Robert Whitcomb

The Internet has long and glibly been cited as virtually the only reason for the sector's decline. But in fact, business reporters (they fear antagonizing their bosses) generally fail to note the huge and destructive impact (to journalism anyway) of public ownership.

A Stock-Market Milestone Is Reached, But Who Cares?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

What can be said about a political process which so faithfully executes the wishes of the wealthy and powerful at everyone else's expense? The ever-widening gulf between our two economies reflects a breakdown in our democracy -- or, rather, a corruption of it on behalf of special interests.

S&P 500 Rises Above 2,000 Points For First Time

AP | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market has reached another milestone as the Standard & Poor's 500 index trades above 2,000 points for the first time. ...

The Worst President Since World War II? Uh, Guess Again

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

Oh, Americans have such short memories -- made only worse by how pathetically poor many choose to be informed.

If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them - Private Equity's New Strategy?

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 07.13.2014 | Business
Eileen Appelbaum

The PE industry's bread and butter -- using lots of debt to buyout companies (LBOs), take them over, and sell them a few years later at a huge profit -- is taking a back seat to PE's new strategy of betting on the stock market.

Washington Post Raises Price Surreptitiously

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.24.2014 | Media
Peter D. Rosenstein

The cost of the Washington Post goes up on a regular basis and unfortunately the quality of the paper hasn't kept pace. Now they have found a way to i...

S&P 500 Back To Record-Setting Ways

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business

* Putin says use of military force would be last resort * RadioShack closing 1,100 stores after sales tumble 20 pct * S&...

S&P 500 Closes At Record High

AP | By STEVE ROTHWELL | Posted 04.29.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — The Standard & Poor's 500 index is closing at a record high and has turned positive for the year. The all-time high T...

5 Ways to Profit From Lessons Learned Abroad

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

While raising interest rates may dampen falls in a country's currency in the short term, this is not always enough to calm a sell-off and a higher interest rate can hamper growth, squeezing the country further.

Stock Market Has Worst Day In More Than 7 Months

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market had its worst day in more than seven months, and the Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 320 points...

Bank Earnings Send S&P 500 To Record High

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business

* Bank of America shares jump after earnings * Empire State manufacturing index, PPI increase * Apple rallies after comm...

Why the Market Keeps Going Up and Why It Might Matter to You

Karen Firestone | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business
Karen Firestone

I work in the stock market, although I have never written a "market" piece in this venue. So why now? Because the broad indices have steadily climbed ...

Facebook To Join S&P 500

Reuters | Posted 12.12.2013 | Business

(Reuters) - Standard & Poor's on Wednesday said Facebook Inc will join its S&P 500 stock index after the close of trading on December 20, cementing th...

DUMPED

AP | By STEVE ROTHWELL | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is getting booted from the Standard & Poor's 500 index after losing more than half of its market value this year. ...

Stocks Surge To Record Highs On Holiday Shopping Hopes

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

NEW YORK, Nov 13 (Reuters) - The Dow and the S&P 500 closed at record highs on Wednesday after Macy's strong results relieved anxiety about how reta...

Irrational Exuberance?

Michael Farr | Posted 11.01.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

It would be interesting to look out how some of the high-flying technology stocks have performed in an effort to determine whether or not there may be some froth building up in stock prices.

Wall St. Cheers Weak Job Growth

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2013 | Business

* Data show U.S. job growth lost momentum last month * Fed seen unlikely to taper stimulative policy this year * Netflix...

S&P 500 Closes At All-Time High

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.17.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is closing at an all-time high a day after Washington reached a deal to avoid a U.S. default. The Stan...

Stocks Surge On News Of Debt Deal

AP | Posted 12.16.2013 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are surging on Wall Street after Senate leaders reached a deal that would avoid a U.S. default and reopen the government afte...

Stocks Surge On Debt Ceiling News

Reuters | Posted 10.11.2013 | Business

* Wall St indexes up 2 pct each; European shares also gain * Dollar up against yen, euro steadies * Gold down more than 1 pct, extending Wednesd...

Well That Wasn't Pretty

Reuters | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell in a thinly traded session on Friday, with the S&P 500 index recording its steepest monthly drop since May 2012 ...

S&P 500 Closes Above 1,700 Points For The First Time

AP | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business

NEW YORK — Stock indexes are back at record highs on Wall Street after better economic news sent the market sharply higher. The benchmark Standar...

Mark Gongloff

Hey, Guess What Thing Banks Are Taking Over Now

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.30.2013 | Business

Here's yet another thing banks are taking over: the stock market. Financial stocks are the second-biggest sector in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock...